So you’re ready to upgrade to a new phone, but you’re hesitant to throw your old phone away or just put it up on the shelf. Your old phone is still in decent shape, and you believe it still has some value. You research iPhone repair or Samsung phone repair to see if your phone is worth fixing or updating, but you ultimately decide you want to buy a new phone. If this sounds like you, then you might want to consider trading in your old phone to a cell phone repair shop or trade-in company. Even if your phone has damage or is completely broken, there is still value in it! In this blog, we’ll cover everything you need to know about trading in your old phone for the first time in an easy, reliable, and stress-free way.
Before we begin, keep in mind that TechRestore offers trade-in services! So when you’re ready for an upgrade, bring your used phone to us. We will assess your phone and determine how much it is worth.
Below are a few things to keep in mind when trading in your phone for the first time:
1. Backup & Empty Your Phone
The last thing you want is someone getting possession of any personal information, passwords, or contact information on your phone when you trade it in. So before you start the trade in process, make sure you backup all of your important data (emails, photos, documents, etc.) so you can easily transition that data onto your new phone. You can backup your data on a computer, USB, or cloud service. Once you’ve secured all of your data elsewhere, you’ll want to wipe your phone clean and permanently delete all of the data on your phone before trading it in.
2. Do Your Research
Unfortunately, there are a few potential dangers when trading in your phone. These typically involve the company you’re trading with, so you will want to do plenty of research on phone trade-in companies or local cell phone repair & buy/sell/trade shops before sending your phone anywhere.
In an attempt to scam you, some companies will promise you a high value for your old phone, but once they assess the phone, they rate it at a much lower value. Other companies might have you send your phone to them, and then you never hear back from them on the value of your phone or even get your phone back. Reputable phone trade-in companies will do the following:
- Give you reasonable instructions on how to prepare your phone for trade-in
- Be willing to meet with you in-person to assess the value of your phone
- Be transparent with their trade-in process as they guide you through it
If the company is missing any of these qualities, it’s a red flag. And if their offer sounds too good to be true, it likely is. Find a company you can trust when you make the decision to trade in your phone!
Trading in your phone for the first time should be a simple and easy process. At TechRestore, we strive to make the trade-in method as stress-free and dependable as possible so you can get the best value for your old phone.
Contact us today to learn more!